INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Tabla Forum: Dhir Dhir (newbie perspective)

 

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Devi
Dhir Dhir (newbie perspective) Feb 16, 2003 03:14 p.m.


It's me, new player, no teacher, another question. I've been trying to play Dhir Dhir, but I can't get anything that sounds anything like any sound I've ever heard someone play on a tabla; also, it's very hard and actually painful (ie arm cramp by the sixth repetition) to play fast.
Obviously, this represents a fundamentally flawed technique on my part... my question is, exactly which parts of my hands should be hitting exactly which parts of the drum? And what should be the condition of my hand when I do it? Flat palm, fingers extended straight? Completely relaxed, floppy hand? Something in between?
Warren
Re:Dhir Dhir (newbie perspective) Feb 17, 2003 11:54 p.m.


I like to refer to it as dhere dhere since that divides the 4 notes a little clearer. Dhere is advanced, since you don't have a teacher start by playing tete tete's. later you can work your hand down further for the dhere dhere, best to wait for a teacher then to play it wrong to much. You don't want to carpel tunnel out. It's not uncommon to play a couple years before working on it.


Devi (Feb 16, 2003 03:14 p.m.):
It's me, new player, no teacher, another question. I've been trying to play Dhir Dhir, but I can't get anything that sounds anything like any sound I've ever heard someone play on a tabla; also, it's very hard and actually painful (ie arm cramp by the sixth repetition) to play fast.
Obviously, this represents a fundamentally flawed technique on my part... my question is, exactly which parts of my hands should be hitting exactly which parts of the drum? And what should be the condition of my hand when I do it? Flat palm, fingers extended straight? Completely relaxed, floppy hand? Something in between?
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